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What are the strengths and weaknesses of Marxism?

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nfrebels34 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM via web

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of Marxism?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM (Answer #1)

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The major weakness of Marxism is that it does not seem to work in the real world.  This is because it does not take into account the essential greediness and selfishness of the human being.  Marxism relies on people to work hard just because they should and to forego the ability to get rich from their efforts.  Unfortunately, in the real world, this does not happen and Marxist economies have always been inefficient and unproductive.

The major strength of Marxism is a theoretical one.  In theory, it would be a much more humane way to run a society.  It would be much better if we could have societies where no one oppressed any one else and where no one was poor.  This is what Marxism promises (though it has never been able to deliver it).

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jackskellington999 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted February 2, 2012 at 1:39 AM (Answer #2)

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If you are looking for a demonstration of how marxism can go wrong, a suggested book is Animal Farm. This will explain mainly the bad points of marxism.

One of the good points, that I think is a great feature of marxism, is that it encourages all people to believe, dream, and ultimately, work to create a Utopian society.

However, is it right to allow people to dream such things, when, as animal farm shows,they can never be achieved?

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